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Headlight upgrade ideas

Has anyone Upgraded their headlight, and kept it in the Stock housing? I keep getting spammed with LED Headlights, and HD Style Projector Knockoffs on my FB. Just wondering if anyone has actually done one or had some success with them.

Basically, I just want to be seen better during the day. I had some ideas of building my own LED Highway Lights last year, none of which panned out, or looked that good. Not looking at dumping a few Bills on a decent Highway Light Bar setup either.

So what have any of my fellow riders done to improve visibility to Cagers without sacrificing looks.

(From What I understand, with the Memphis Fats Adjustable/ Removable Windshield and OEM Lightbar wont fit anyway)

My last Idea was changing mirrors that had the LED Signals in the stems, and building stems where the signals now were to hold a Highway Light..

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I remember seeing someone post about using the stock headlight to upgrade their light using the stock housing. this thread was probably the best LED Headlights but I can't seem to find where they wrote up about using the original housing. gah, i just searched back through and found something. here is the thread I was talking about where someone used the original housing. I looked into it at one point but just seemed like a lot of work and it would be easier to change the housing which I didn't do either. here is the link though let me know what you decide. post pics etc

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Cyclops 3800 it's the best option available.
3800 Lumen H4 LED Headlight bulb

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I went the easy way and just went with a brighter bulb. Amazon has a newer version in stock but the old one definitely increased the light output. There's also numerous threads on lights here on the forum.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Of course if you just want to be seen you could always get one of these:

Might be seen better with one of these outfits
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Excellent upgrade.


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Actually if I am running the freeway locally, I wear my High Viz Flagging Vest over my Leathers.. I've been in too many close calls, I run the fast lane anymore almost to the far left between the yellow line and the tire rut. I tossed in a Silverstar Ulta last year to help, and am actually impressed with night vision once i really dialed in the headlight, mine was just about pointing straight down.

Ill take a look at the Cyclops, I also was given a HID kit salvaged from a wrecked car, its a decent one, not a cheap O'Riley Special. But was afraid of beam scatter and pissing off the cagers. I also have a Projector Housing scavenged from a wrecked Toyota Avalon that has a decent lens and was figuring how to graft it to the lens, to make it adjustable.

I am more after daytime visibility as well. I actually saw a Harley the other day that ran a set of LED Strips down the forks, that really got my attention as I have really tinted windows in my Daily, but was unable to see how they were mounted and what kind of LEDs they were. He also had the LED spot lights, Turn Signals/ Front Running lights and a really interesting Headlight. All made him look like a Freight Train coming down the Boulevard..

I am also modifying the rear signals to incorporate some bright red LEDs to come on with the Brakes, may figure out a flashing circuit to wig wag them..


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I found one linked here on this site. Direct plug in, fits in the bucket, ballast and all.
It's an HID low beam with a halogen high beam. Because of the reduced current from the HID I wired them both together when the high beams are switched on.
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So I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the Cyclops. Did some research on it and it seems to be a really well reviewed setup for just about any bike right now to improve visibility? day and night. So that is on its way.

I also pulled the trigger on these to do the poor man's Walmart Highway Light Mod



They are 2" square, 10w Cree LED and have a nice focused beam. Chatted with my Rock Crawler neighbor and saw his tiny lights on his windshield and gave me the link to them. He's unhappy because I'm paying a fraction of what he did as they are on sale right now. He lit them up in the dark last night and if I am running these during the day as well as the Cyclops and I am not seen, then the person is blind.

They should fit nicely like the Walmart Mod on the plastic trim over the signal mounts, I'm going to shorten the brackets a bit and use stainless hardware. Even if I have to use some stainless and build my own tabs, but this is cleaner than any of my ideas from last year.

For the wiring I already ran a 12 awg wire to the headlight as a upgradeable accessory lead, to a relay that's triggered by the accessory lead so the really turns on with the bike. It's also a double pole relay so I can tap in a new wire to it and to a switch mounted someplace yet to be determined to control the lights so I can switch them off if need be. Don't want to blind people at night.

Between the Cyclops and the Spot Lights I should be good forward. Now to figure out how to rig up these red LEDs for my accessory Brake booster.


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Figured Id carry the LEDs a bit further with a new set of LED Signals for the front, and a Red set to replace the rear signals, so Ill have Signals and additional brakes and possibly Running lights on the rear as well.. I just have to figure out how I can wire both the brake and the signal to the same wire without back feeding the signal to taillight. I might just wire the signals to the dimmer set of LEDs, and the BRake to the bright or vice versa. see how bright both are. I also ordered a adjustable Signal Relay to prevent Hyperflash, but its adjustable to meet whatever speed you want.





Also found a clean accessory switch for the new Highway Lights.. all from China Bay but the sellers were top rated. just gotta wait the few weeks, lol no hurry spring has yet to show up here..



so hopefully with all these upgrades I should be a bit more visible to cagers..


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Cyclops 3800 it's the best option available.
3800 Lumen H4 LED Headlight bulb
Do the parts fit in the stock housing? That new 7000 lumen one sounds awesome.
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